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Full Wise County burn ban lifted

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
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The full Wise County burn ban that has been in place since July 10 was lifted Tuesday,  according to Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell.

Powell said in a press release that due to current weather conditions, Wise County Judge J.D. Clark lifted the full ban and reverted back to the ban that is dependent on weather conditions. The National Weather Service has stated the current wet weather pattern will continue for the next several days with isolated heavy rainfall.

Powell added it is important for residents to remember the county is still under a burn ban. The ban lifted was the full burn ban issued almost two months ago. That ban prohibited open burning of any kind. Welding was allowed only under certain conditions, and outdoor cooking even had stipulations.

The National Weather Service expects relative humidity levels to remain above 50 percent over the next several days, with some heavy rain expected Tuesday night, Friday and Saturday. Powell said because of the unusually wet conditions, it gave them an opportunity to lift the full ban.

The release said that Clark recognized the need for residents to burn, and although the conditions are now safer for people to do so, this in no way is a guarantee it is completely safe to burn.

The full ban will be re-evaluated at next Monday’s Commissioners Meeting.

Powell said although it is not required, he highly suggests any resident wanting to burn to call the Wise County dispatch, log the burn and make sure they are able to burn legally.

 

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